Metro Wines Blogs
|*** Big Red of the Week ***
If you have never wrapped yourself in a Tuscan Blend of French Grapes,
you are missing something luxurious, smooth and sexy.
This is the way to do BIG right. And Italian!
Winemaker Says: "A vivacious wine, freshly persistent fruitiness,
Vinous Says 91 Points. "The 2018 Yantra, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
News Release: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
About: Emmanuel Kemiji Wine Tasting on Zoom
There are about 275 Master Sommeliers in the world. Even more rare is a Master Sommelier who is the WineMaker for his two wineries!
Join us as The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents this rare opportunity to taste wine with a Master Sommelier and Winemaker Emmanuel Kemiji on Thursday, April 29th, 2021, at 5:30 on Zoom through MetroWines.
Miura and Clos Pissarra wineries were founded by Emmanuel Kemiji, one of the few master sommeliers to also own a winery! To become a master sommelier, you must be able to discern the qualities in an exceptional wine. Emmanuel uses these skills to produce some of the best wines in the world.
The most important step to producing the best wine is to acquire the best grapes. Emmanuel has the uncanny ability to find the best vineyards in Spain and California for his wines.
"I am amazed at his ability to find the right slope on a mountain or persuade the owners of the best vineyards around to sell him their grapes." says John Kerr, co-owner of MetroWines.
The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, which is the soil found in the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory) that produce many of Spain’s most exceptional wines. These regions produce wines of great intensity and concentration, yet elegant and balanced.
Miura winery focuses on some of California’s most idyllic Pinot Noir regions. The Santa Lucia Highlands has quickly become recognized as one of the best regions for the varietal on the West coast.
The Zoom with Emmanuel Kemiji is "on the house" through MetroWines.
Join us here: Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/6313361327.
But if you want to seize the day and taste wines with this Master Sommelier and WineMaker, take a look at the line up and call (828) 575-9525.
The Wines For the Tasting:
Arrels de Clos Pissarra, El Sol Blanc Montsant - white Grenache 2017
Regular price: $36. Event price: $26. Orders from event: $30
El Sol Blanc is named after the brutal sun that besieges this vineyard surrounding the Clos Pissarra winery. The clay and slate soil produce a white Grenache (Garnatxa Blanca in Catalan) with a flinty, mineral character wrapped in rich peach notes and a lively acidity as well as a hint of white flowers. This wine shows very good balance and concentration, and may be the reason that this white sells out at the winery before the highly regarded reds from Clos Pissarra.
Arrels de Clos Pissarra, Aristan Vineyard Grenache/Syrah 2016
Regular price: $25. Event price: $18. Orders from event: $21.
Aristan is a small vineyard that lies next to the winery. The yields of the Grenache and Syrah are cut back to a miserly one ton per acre to provide exceptional concentration to the wine. The Grenache brings wonderful aromatics and bright red fruit to the wine, while the Syrah adds a full, luscious character with some rustic earth tones to the mixture. The wine is polished, refined but with an earthy, terroir driven character. Expect plum, herbs, fresh tobacco and blueberry leading to some earth and smoke at the finish.
Miura Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018
Regular price: $36. Event price: $26. Orders from event: $30
The 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is produced from the harvest of Steve McIntyre’s vineyard, producing a quality that is off-the-charts. This Pinot is done in a richly textured style with good weight and balance. Expect abundant bright red fruits, and multi-dimensional flavors. Medium-bodied, bursting with bright red cherry and red plum fruit aromas that develop on the palate along with allspice notes. A refreshing acidity keeps the wine bright and focused.
Customers can buy one, two or three bottles.
- All three bottles at special event price are $70
- Pinot Noir and White Grenache are $52
- Aristan Grenache/Syrah and one of the others are $44
More about Miura Vineyards HERE.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
|*** 3 to Try ***
Martoccia Poggio Apricale Toscana Rosso '19:
"baby brunello" from Lucca Brunelli for Small Vineyards $19.99
Ruby red. Fresh and young red wine with hints of cherry ,
raspberry and black fruit. Last of this most fabulous vintage! Medium bodied.
*** $16.99 (red tag) ***
Mostly Montepulciano. After tasting MANY bottles of Rosé, I tell you with confidence that Montepulciano is a grape that truly lends itself to Rosé.
Brett says: "Like a blend of Tuscany, and Bandol."
*** $9.99 ***
Cotes du Rhone from the legendary Rhone house of Saint Cosmes.
All grenache done in a baby cement solera.
Winemaker Says: "In the same mold, the Little Basket Press (all Grenache) offers good pepper, spice and herbs in a medium-bodied, easy drinking package.
It's a solid, bistro-styled red to drink over the coming couple of years."
James Suckling Says 90 Points: "Pure grenache and made as a solera that has been alive for twenty years with half of the new harvest being exchanged into the solera each year. The final blend is 50% solera wine and 50% wine of the new vintage.
The richness is really something. Such deep-set grenache red and dark berries,
as well as riper, raisiny notes. Long, smooth and deep. Drink now."
*** $14.99 ***
Coffee Table Book
where to buy it, what to look for when you drink it, and how to talk about it.
meeting people and places behind their favorite bottles.
from the original thinkers of the natural wine movement to the iconic estates of Burgundy and Bordeaux.
This is the alternative, accessible,
and brought California Wine to world awareness. Spurrier arranged
"The Judgment of Paris" pitting European Wines against wines from California
in a blind tasting. And guess what? A Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena
and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap WON.
with "The Big Red" of the Week
For Discussion: Dinosaurs
Paleontologist Steve BruDinsatte, author of a new children's book about dinosaurs,
says: "A new species of dinosaur is currently being found, on average, once a week."
*** TRENTADUE ***
56% Zin 18% Petite Sirah 11% Carignane 11% Merlot 2% Syrah 2% Sangiovese
The Red Blend, OPR references “Old Patch Red” from Trentadue’s Estate Vineyard.
A block of the vineyard planted pre-prohibition produced a wonderful red wine.
The block was a mix of red varietals whose identity had been lost through time.
Common to the times when it was planted, the block was a field blend of varietals
that when harvested together would make a complete, well balanced, flavorful wine.
The 2019 Old Patch Red is predominately Zin blended with Petite Sirah
and Carignane resulting in fruity yet complex, full bodied Rhone-like style wine.
Dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola.
With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing
with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy
with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. This is a wine that will drink well with
variety of foods but it is also very enjoyable on its own.
The 2019 OPR is good to go now but will benefit from 2-5 years of aging.
|*** 2 to Taste ***
Four Vines Naked Central Coast Chardonnay 2019
Old oak and steel. Aromas of Lemon meringue, nectarine, and a nuance of lightly toasted marshmallow lead to a lemon curd, slightly toasted caramelized nectarine, nuances of fresh ground cloves and cinnamon.
Brett Says: "The best west coast chardonnay I have found so far
for under $12 on the shelf."
*** $10.99 ***
Zorzal Valle de Uco Malbec 2019
Hand harvested,100% Malbec from multiple organic vineyards in Uco Valley.
The wine shows notes of coffee, blueberry, and chocolate with secondary notes
of licorice, black cherry, cinnamon, baking spices, and sage. Complex. Big and bold without being flabby, with smooth tannins and light acidity. Strong finish with plum, cassis, doughnut cake, and fine silky tannins. Out delivers it’s price by tenfold!
Brett Says: "Rich and bold? Yes. Easy to drink? Yes.
Mass produced fruit bomb? NO!"
*** $14.99 ***
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We heard you.
Syncline Seduction Red is Baaaaaaaack
2016 from Columbia Valley $23
Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, this is our answer
to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine.
A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own;
yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole. This charming, ruby colored wine
displays raspberry, black cherry, and spice aromas with bright acidity.
The juicy mid-palate and excellent length makes for a versatile wine.
|Bottle With a Friend Discussion Topics
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And the Bottle
"Our Syrah is rich and balanced with a traditional treatment.
Andy Hale says: "When I saw this Syrah was from Lodi, I was concerned
Indeed. Calls for a sparkling wine from The Veneto!
$14 at Drizly and $14.99 at Local 604 Bottle Shop
Meanwhile, back in Pompeii, a chariot has been unearthed.
And Pizza with a Purpose in Washington DC
|Ahhh, but the French
Sur la Table Online Cooking Classes
and KIR and Aligote
But wait! There's more. Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
From Charles Neal Selections,
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi: gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
46% Marsanne | 38% Grenache Blanc | 8% Rousanne | 8% Picpoul.
Invite a masked friend over to discuss the hot topics of the day
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The 2020 is $21 @MetroWines
NYT Talks Lemons in Corsica.
Greco di Tufo 2018
Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, 91 Points (10th Oct 2019)
Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points (11/1/2019)
The 2018 is $19.99
Big Red of The Week
If you shop @MetroWines, you already know and LOVE Pavette Pinot Noir.
The 2018 is $14.99 @MetroWines
|*** Borealis ***
But First: Chili Crisp
But the bottom line is that this is a HOT pleasure.
|*** CINSAULT ***
While Cinsault forms the basis of a high percentage of Rosé,
100% Red Cinsault. Notes of smashed blue and red fruits on the nose,
The 2019 is 16.99 @MetroWines!
In the late 1990’s, Giampaolo Tabarrini put years of experience to use and decided to bottle his own wine. Giampaolo now makes some of the most highly respected wines from Central Italy. He produces the top 3 wines in the region and is called “The Rising Star of Umbria.” Tabarrini is continually well rated for his single-vineyard Sagrantino’s by Gambero Rosso, The Wine Advocate, and most recently, Wine Spectator.
A great wine is born in the vineyard. Faithful to this maxim, the Tabarrini family pays careful attention to their “terroir,” the earth itself, the vines and their generous fruit: the grapes. Vineyards rich in charm and mature beauty. Even after the grapes have been picked, the Sagrantino leaves still color the countryside with their vibrant red.
"The winery is magical and the wine is truly special." says Gail Rampersaud, Director of Ciao Asheville who has been to Tabarrini in Montefalco. "You don't want to miss this opportunity to travel vicariously to Italy and meet Giampaolo!"
took over the winery in the mid-1990s and has helped revolutionize Umbrian wine. With , his wife and partner in their shared passion for wine, they have made Tabarrini into the outstanding business it is today. In the cellar, Giampaolo’s uncle uses his unparalleled skills to diligently care for the wines, from bunch to bottle. In the vineyards you might meet , aka “Sgabellino.” He’s the fastest tractor driver in the Region. Giampaolo is also devotedly assisted by the company’s enological consultant . Likewise, , our agronomist consultant, intimately knows every inch of the property and helps supervise operations in the vineyards. manages our faithful team of workers in the vineyards. And of course, we can’t forget and , Giampaolo’s mother and father, who dispense experience, wisdom, and advice every day. Together, this is a loyal team, lucky enough to work with their passion every day! All of them are obsessed with quality, from vine to wine bottling when the literal fruits of their labor can be enjoyed by our customers at home or their favorite restaurants.
Montefalco Rosso Boccatone
DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA (DOC)This is not Sagrantino’s younger brother; it is a flavorful and age worthy wine in its own right, with great dignity and much potential. The fusion of traditional grapes, Sangiovese and Sagrantino - along with the precious input of Barbera, ensure this wine has the makings of a future Montefalco classic.
DENOMINAZIONE DI ORGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA (DOCG)This was Giampaolo’s first Sagrantino, which brought him early critical acclaim. The grapes come from a silt-rich and clay soil, well exposed to the southeast, guaranteeing perfectly ripened grapes and a powerful, deep and balanced wine that is refined in big oak casks. It is released no less than four years after harvest.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi